Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Post #172

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~NO NEW BOOKS~

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY: 

MONDAY:

THURSDAY: 

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
ARC Thursday Review - Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein

I feel I have the same updates every week lately - but that's a blessing really. Life is good, drama is low, kids are busy as the end of their school year winds down and we are eagerly awaiting "summer time". I can tell my kids and I are all on the summer-mode count down and that's a good thing, but it's also a dangerous thing because they still have 15 days of school and that includes finals. If anything this is a time to work EXTRA hard. I keep telling them "push through just a little longer". Maybe after the craziness of these next two weeks my time to read will significantly increase as well.

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

*ARC* Flamecaster - DNF Review

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1)

By: Cinda Williams Chima

Published: April 5, 2016 by HarperTeen

544 pages

Source: Edelweiss ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught. 

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
MY REVIEW:
After 19 days and only 40% through, I was still struggling to really get hooked by the story. Due to that I decided it wasn't the book for me. Instead of getting bogged down and trying to push through I'm setting it aside and moving on.

There were interesting aspects to the story, as several of the main characters are magic wielders. Not much of a love story through the portion of the story I read though. That's always a downside for me.

Perhaps other readers will enjoy it more than I did.

Favorite Quotes:
Love is the root of so much suffering and misery, so much loss. It's the worst thing in the world, to risk yourself by loving someone. At the same time, it's the best thing in the world - and worth the risk.

"It's easy to die, Mageling," Taliesin said, stroking his hair. "It's staying alive that's hard work."

"The problem is, hope is the thing that can't be reined in by rules or pinned down by bitter experience. It's a blessing and curse."

Language Rating: 1 (light)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating:  DNF

Monday, April 25, 2016

2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge: April Wrap Up

Time for our fourth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the March Wrap Up, Sandy didn't finish any series enders. Here's to next month! Holly finished one: The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel.
Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the April giveaway runs from April 25rd - May 25rd. On May 25rd we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Post #171

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~NO NEW BOOKS~

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY: 

WEDNESDAY: 

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
DNF - Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

 It's been a pleasant week. I'm in a bit of a book slump at the moment because I'm not super into the book I'm reading. Whenever that happens it seems to really slow my reading progress down, and unfortunately causes my desire to read to go down as well. This could also be due to the busy end-of-school-year things that are beginning to fill up our schedule and generally cut into my reading time. My kids get out of school May 18th so we are now counting down the days left.

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Torch Against The Night


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

A Torch Against The Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
Expected Publication: August 30, 2016 by Razorbill
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.
 
What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Post #170

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~NO NEW BOOKS~

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY: 

MONDAY:

TUESDAY: 

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
ARC Thursday Review - Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Overall it's been a productive week. Saturday morning I woke up too early (6:30am) and with my hopes of sleeping in dashed, I decided to enjoy the chilly Spring  morning and go for a walk outside. Usually I get my steps in by walking around my dining room while reading a book. It's win win for me because I'm moving while enjoying a book (which is my favorite pastime), something I couldn't do without tripping over the concrete if I were outside. But the breeze and leaves blowing was calling to me. I immensely enjoyed my 40 minute walk listening to the birds sing to one another and watching the squirrels eating their breakfast. That set the pace for the rest of my morning, cooking breakfast, enjoying coffee, cleaning and a little shopping. Saturday evening our family enjoyed a night at our minor league baseball stadium watching a game and enjoying being outside together. I really couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

DON'T FORGET:
If you are reading last books in a series you should participate with us in our 3rd year of the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 15, 2016! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews and a BIG giveaway open to everyone that participates through the year. Don't miss out!

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #126: Flamecaster


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima:
Teasers: "It's easy to die, Mageling," Taliesin said, stroking his hair. "It's staying alive that's hard work."
(Loc 12%, 746 of 6053)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!
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